Keith Kinkaid is back on the ice after missing four games with a groin injury. With a healthy Kinkaid ready to back up Cory Schneider between the pipes, the Devils sent goalie Scott Clemmensen back to Albany (Fire and Ice, March 2).
Clemmensen didn’t see any game action after being called up for Monday’s game, a 3-0 win over Arizona.
Kinkaid was injured in the second period on Feb. 21 in the Devils 3-1 victory over Carolina. Though it was initially projected that the 25-year-old wouldn’t miss any time, he said his groin was still “tender” when he went to test it before Monday’s morning skate.
Recap: The Devils shutout the Blue Jackets 2-0 on the road in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night.
Need to Know: Cory Schneider netted a shutout stopping 33 shots for the Devils. Andy Greene gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period and the defense did the rest. Travis Zajac added a goal in the third period for some breathing room.
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Next up: The Devils host the Predators on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Recap: The Bruins’ Ryan Spooner scored his first NHL goal 2:46 into overtime as the Devils lost their first game without Jaromir Jagr.
Need to Know: Spooner’s goal spoiled the Devils’ comeback. They trailed 2-0 before Travis Zajac scored a power-play goal with 14:03 left in the third period and Jordin Tootoo followed two minutes later to tie the score.
The Devils were outshot 12-4 in the first period, but outshot the Bruins 27-22 the rest of the way.
Daniel Paille’s goal with 11:21 left in the first period was the first time the Devils allowed the opening goal on their six-game homestand. The Bruins took a 2-0 lead on David Pastrnak’s goal 1:40 into the third.
The Bruins had lost seven of their previous eight (1-5-2).
Boston swept the three-game season series and has won five of six at the Prudential Center.
The Devils are 3-23-4 when allowing three or more goals this season.
Tootoo (2G, 3A) and Cammalleri (5G, 2A) both have five-game points streaks.
Cammalleri has gone 12 straight regular-season games against Boston without a goal.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils visit Columbus Saturday (5 p.m.).
While interim coach Lou Lamoriello said, “I don’t think there’s one game that’s pivotal,” his players seem to have a different idea as the Devils look to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Boston Bruins Friday night (Fire and Ice, Feb. 26).
The Devils hope to pull within six points of the Bruins as they welcome the squad to the Prudential Center on Friday, in an attempt to avoid missing the playoffs for the third season in a row.
“We can stare at the standings as much as you want, but this is pretty much the only team we can catch,” defenseman Adam Larsson said. “So, it’s a really big game.”
If the Devils lose in regulation, the point gap falls to 10 points, and it’s hard for center Travis Zajac to pretend they can overcome that.
“It’s probably our season I would think,” Zajac said. “It’s a four-point game against Boston and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready to play. Both teams need the points, so we’ve got to come out with a little better effort and make some more plays and execute.”
Lou Lamoriello said that the trade that sent Jaromir Jagr to the Florida Panthers does not signal that the Devils are no longer looking to contend this season (Gulitti, Feb. 26).
Lamoriello told reporter Tom Gulitti that “by no means are we feeling that we are out of the race. When transactions like this take place it give opportunities for people to come forward.”
Lamoriello also left the door open for the Devils making an acquisition and said that Jagr’s recent complaints about playing time had no impact on the decision to trade the 43-year-old.
With 21 games left in the regular season, the Devils (25-27-9) are eight points behind Boston for the second Wild Card spot.
The Florida Panthers have acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Devils for a 2015 second round pick and the choice of either Florida or Minnesota’s third round pick in 2016. (Devils)
Jagr, 42, has 11 goals and 18 assists this season in 57 games.
In 139 games with the Devils over a season and a half, Jagr had 35 goals and 61 assists.
The Devils had a good chance to pull within six points of the Bruins for the second wildcard spot Wednesday night, but instead fell 3-1 to the Flames. With just 21 games remaining, GM and interim coach Lou Lamoriello isn’t wasting any time dwelling on the past (Fire and Ice, Feb. 26).
“This game’s over. We have to get ready for the next,” Lamoriello said. “That’s been our approach and it will continue to be that every night. … We’ll just take a step back on this one right now and come back to the rink tomorrow and get ready for Boston. We know we have two games this weekend. Every game is more important than the next.”
But there are some things they can’t look past, like their missed opportunities on the power play and their penalty kill struggles. To read more of this story, click here